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textless versions of the covers from the postcard sets—please don’t reupload these, i took the time to scan and clean them and would appreciate if they don’t end up elsewhere.

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Favourite Junni Kokki Scenes - Youko's words to Aozaru

"It doesn’t matter if he wasn’t. He still saved my life and that won’t change.

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acrossmyengines:


“I’m not sure I should be saying this, but we teachers…well, we each have our own ideal of what our students should be, right? Their friends are the same way. And parents, well, they have things they want for their children, too. Every one of us has this agenda, this notion of what a given person should be like, and we just push it on them whether it fits or not. Now, it’s unlikely that all of us have the same ideal in mind for any particular student. Why, if teachers and parents had their way, the student would be miserable. Take Nakajima. She was a ‘good girl’ to everybody, right? …Well, if you ask me, she was just showing each of us the face we wanted to see.“…I don’t know whether Nakajima was doing it on purpose, or whether she was just trying to be a good girl and that’s how it happened. If it was an act, then I have no idea what she was doing behind our backs. If it wasn’t, why, I think she’d be horribly sad when she realized the truth. She would wonder exactly who she was. She might even want to disappear. Now, that wouldn’t surprise me at all.”

Fuyumi Ono, Sea of Shadow, volume one of the Twelve Kingdoms

acrossmyengines:

“I’m not sure I should be saying this, but we teachers…well, we each have our own ideal of what our students should be, right? Their friends are the same way. And parents, well, they have things they want for their children, too. Every one of us has this agenda, this notion of what a given person should be like, and we just push it on them whether it fits or not. Now, it’s unlikely that all of us have the same ideal in mind for any particular student. Why, if teachers and parents had their way, the student would be miserable. Take Nakajima. She was a ‘good girl’ to everybody, right? …Well, if you ask me, she was just showing each of us the face we wanted to see.

“…I don’t know whether Nakajima was doing it on purpose, or whether she was just trying to be a good girl and that’s how it happened. If it was an act, then I have no idea what she was doing behind our backs. If it wasn’t, why, I think she’d be horribly sad when she realized the truth. She would wonder exactly who she was. She might even want to disappear. Now, that wouldn’t surprise me at all.”

Fuyumi Ono, Sea of Shadow, volume one of the Twelve Kingdoms

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fairymascot asked: is the 12 kingdoms anime good, too? it sounds rad, but i rarely have the attention span for manga these days. u n u

The anime is good and a mostly faithful adaptation! It adds a kind of needless subplot by having two of Yoko’s classmates come to the kingdoms with her at first, including  this annoying guy she has a crush on, which wasn”t in the book and might bother you- but he literally falls out of the plot about six episodes in and she gets over him pretty quickly after as part of her character development. He only comes back in an antagonist capacity later on. The stuff with Sugimoto (the girl who came with her along with him) is also a little awkward because it wasn’t in the book, but yeah, that stuff is the only part that’s really off about the adaption.

The original 12k is actually novels, not a manga, but I imagine that would be even harder on the attention span haha.

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So I just did The Twelve Kingdoms as my Mark Reads suggestion, y’all should vote for it.

I’ll even vote for your stuff in exchange!!!

Vote heeeere: The Twelve Kingdoms. Go to page 6.

THE TWELVE KINGDOMS by Fuyumi Ono 

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Absolutely the best fantasy series I have read, and this is from a girl who survived her childhood thanks to Harry Potter. Written by a Japanese woman. Out of print in the US, but full English translations are also available online thanks to Eugene Woodbury.

The most prominent narrative centers around Yoko Nakajima, a submissive sixteen year old girl who lives to please those around her, reared by her controlling father to believe a very narrow idea of what girls should be. Everything changed for Yoko was chased by the demons into the fantastical world of the twelve kingdoms, separated from her mysterious protector and stranded. The world of the Twelve Kingdoms is filled with strange customs and dangerous creatures, and in some places the outsiders that blow in from Japan and China aren’t welcomed due to the calamity caused by the storms that blow them in. This meek schoolgirl who built her life around serving others now has only herself to count on, and she is going to have to find out who she is and what she’s really made of if she wants to survive. 

The story deals with the way gender roles can damage people, classism, fantastic racism, corruption, politics, culture clashes and all kinds of stuff so spectacularly, and Yoko goes through the most amazing character development I have ever seen. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, bringing us this very flawed but very fascinating fantasy world that’s based on Eastern rather than Western mythology. 

The series is unfinished, but the character arcs of Yoko and two other phenomenal female characters are wrapped up pretty satisfactorily in the third book.

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30 Days of Anime Challenge | | Day 6: Character I Would Like to Cosplay 
Nakajima Youko (The Twelve Kingdoms)

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rosesdrawings:


Wanted to try one of those ‘re-draw/re-paint an anime screenshot’ things. (Screenshot by riboku.)

woohoo excellent!

rosesdrawings:

Wanted to try one of those ‘re-draw/re-paint an anime screenshot’ things. (Screenshot by riboku.)

woohoo excellent!

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voyageviolet:

How hot is Youko in the last pic?

the answer is really hot.

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agh, I knew I’d forget someone important when i was rushed for time.
In my previous post, I forgot to include:
Fuyumi Ono wrote what I would call my favorite book series right now, The Twelve Kingdoms. It’s a really engaging fantasy that delves deep into it’s world-building and character development.. It focuses on the complexities of corrupt systems and the emotional development of a young woman, all within a fantastic setting.
I’ve included her now.

agh, I knew I’d forget someone important when i was rushed for time.

In my previous post, I forgot to include:

Fuyumi Ono wrote what I would call my favorite book series right now, The Twelve Kingdoms. It’s a really engaging fantasy that delves deep into it’s world-building and character development.. It focuses on the complexities of corrupt systems and the emotional development of a young woman, all within a fantastic setting.

I’ve included her now.